Loner’s Guide: Jobs for Introverts

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Smited, slighted, stomped on by the corporate world. The word loner has become a blasphemous word amongst the circles of the socially elect.  True, at times loners can be socially inept, but sometimes we aren't.  Sometimes our only wish is to be left alone.  Is that too much to ask?

We all know that working is a necessity of life. The greatest strife comes when the socially sensitive find themselves in repugnant, straining, socially draining jobs.  If you found this article because you're currently going through  such a stressful experience, read on.  If you haven't experienced the horrors of an ill-fitted job yet, this guide may help you. At the end of this article you will find a list of possible jobs for introverts.

 Forget "Respectable"

Janitor, garbage collector, truckie...

What is a respectable job and what is not, is a fallacy.  All jobs serve a purpose. Don't base your career choice on what you think others will think about you. Choose an employment path you think would suit you best, not based on peoples opinions of what is and isn't "respectable". Remember: your worth is not gained from a title, a job, or from others. Your worth is intrinsic. You are in intrinsically worthy.  Don't fall for the respectability ploy. Unfortunately, many parents pressure their children to pursue law and medical degrees. Failing to get into college or university is seen as a crime against humanity.  In the end, children end up submitting to their parents to please them, but often times, parents are submitting to their own preconceived ideas of what  is and isn't respectable. Essentially, they are moulding their children into what they think will please and impress others. This common dilemma creates endless unhappiness. No one is being genuinely themselves, instead, they are being what they feel others want them to be.

Look for the Yin and Yang

Arty, earthy, mathematically inclined....you must focus on your interests and skills when you consider a career.  Are you good with your hands?  Do you prefer intellectual, theory based work?  Sites such as this can assist you.  Don't forget to consider what you would least like in a job, what you couldn't live with and commit to in a career, and the weaknesses you have. Above all, don't create expectations.  It is unlikely that you will find the perfect job, as much as you don't want to hear that.  There is always bad in the good and good in the bad, but each provide a contrast to help strengthen their opposing forces.  Too much good and you will grow complacent, and take your work for granted. The challenges, the trials and the negativity you experience helps you to appreciate the good and fully experience any joy that comes.  The key is to find a balance of good and bad.  You can begin doing this by researching.  Start with forums like this to discover both the positives and negatives of your desired career.

Know Thyself ... and Take a Personality Test

How well do you know yourself?  It is important to introspect and examine yourself in order to make intelligent decisions about your career. Take a home-made personality test by asking those few who know you what they think you would be good at.  If you would prefer to remain silent and unperturbed, take an online test.  Even if you can't be bothered to finish them, they will provide you with useful questions to consider about the best jobs for introverts that will suit you.  They may also help you consider other dimensions of job seeking such as your level of commitment - whether long term or short term ans whether you prefer one single job or multiple jobs.  These following tests may help:


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Think, How Much is Too Much?

Money.  It's the main reason why people bother getting jobs. But how many things do you actually need?  The old truism says that money is the root of all kinds of evil. You don't have to look very far to see the thefts, man slaughters, adulteries, perjuries and other atrocities that stem from the desire to obtain money. Your life is limited - don't waste your time in a job that demands too much from you.  It may pay well, but what for?  Ask yourself what is important: fancy houses and cars, flat screen T.V's, iPods, iPads,iPhones, and every other possible gadget in existence.  Or something else that doesn't consist in physical possessions?  Financial security perhaps, freedom, happiness.  Think about the future and how much money you will need to adequately support you, and any others who rely on you, without the excess.  Check out minimalist living  for inspiration.  Finally, once you have found, and before you apply for a job, make sure that you check the job description closely.  I work in the lowest level of my job in the library and it's wonderful. Little expectations = little pressure. Little pressure = greater peace of mind.  Greater peace of mind = happiness.

Toss a Coin, Literally

If you are having trouble making a decision about your job seeking, toss a coin. This usually works for me. Tossing a coin helps to reveal what you really want unconsciously. If you find yourself hesitating over the side the coin landed on after you flipped it, this is a good indication that you either need to 1) rethink both options, or 2) you actually think the opposite side of the coin is the better option. Before you flip a coin, make sure you give a thorough think about both of your options.  You don't want to make hasty, impatient decisions and use the coin as an excuse to get it over and done with.

Context, Content and Cash

The three C's of job searching.  We already know that exploring the contents of the job is important, and how much money it pays, but what about the context?  The context of the job is the most overlooked part of job seeking.  Us loners want peace and serenity away from the crowds and groups and clans of people. Customer service is the bane of our existence.  So think about the context. Being a librarian for instance, is stereotypically a Loner job.  I have worked in 4

different libraries and let me tell you now... working in a library is not a Loner job! At least in public libraries.  You deal with people all day long.  It's just like working in a shop, except you loan books.  If you truly want a Loner job, you must firstly think about the context of the job - is it situated in the city or some obscure back street?  Is it a huge multi-complex corporation, or is it a small family-owned business?  What are the socio-economics of the place your possible job is situated?  i.e.  is it a town where the majority of people earn a low income, a medium income, or a hefty salary?  Depending on the context of the job, it is possible to determine how many or how few people you will meet, how many staff there are, and how anonymous the work is.  Finally, don't forget to explore, yourself.  If you are serious about finding the perfectly fitted job, you must try to gain some insight into what the job is like before you are locked in. The best way to do this is by purposely travelling to places that hold similar jobs to the job you want.  For instance, if you are wanting to apply for a job as a security guard, find a place where you can observe the security guards and how social the job is.

Jobs for Introverts

The following list was compiled after some investigation.  Please note that in reality there is no guarantee that these will be suited to you.  They are merely suggestions.  If you have any other ideas about jobs for introverts, please comment to help make this list more comprehensive.









Boat/ferry operator

Bus Driver


Data Entry Officer


Factory worker


Freelance writer


Geological Engineer


Government Librarian/library assistant

Greenhouse tender


Mail Poster (Postie/Mailman)


Medical Laboratory Technician




Records manager/officer

Software Developer


Truck driver

Web Programmer




Remember to keep in mind the three C's of context, content and cash your desired job possesses, as well as how suited it will be to your skills and strengths.  Forget the fallacy of "respectability" and drop your expectations of finding the perfect job free of faults, and you will find that job seeking isn't as tricky as first thought.

You may like to take a look at our Quiet Strength Online Introvert Course for more guidance ...

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  1. Daniel says

    Software programmer use to be an independent career until the socialists took over (I’m joking….sort of). But in all seriousness this new XP programming/Agile format that is being taken on in corporate IT departments is killing the career for the independent types. No longer can I work alone on a problem and every two hours there is always someone at my desk bugging me about the progress on my task. I’m very upset because I thought this career would be perfect for a deeply introverted person like myself but the agile methodology preaches collectivism and team problem solving that I don’t think I’m suited for. Worst of all, I use to work in a work environment where I had my own desk and my own space but now that is being taken away in place of “shared spaces” and “open working areas.” What’s a loner to do? I went to school for this crap and now I need to find something new

    • says

      Sounds extremely frustrating. Have you considered taking the courageous leap and trying to work for yourself/establish your own job “from home”? I knew a guy who once worked in IT, hated it, then became a security guard, and liked it much better. Perhaps a possible avenue?

  2. Kristine Lee says

    I remember when my parents were telling me to go get a part-time job as a teenager. I had told them I wanted a job where no one will see me so I don’t have to talk to people…. lol My first job was at a fast food, taking customers’ orders and making minimum wage. Then I worked in a call centre. Boy was that very stressful for an introvert like me! I only lasted 2 months there. Even though that call centre job paid well, I wasn’t very happy there. I loved the people I worked with though… And then I got a job as a graphic designer and that was definitely my favourite job. I loved it. I didn’t really have to talk to people that much. I’m now currently a stay at home mom and doing some freelance work and also make cakes on the side. I love it.

    • says

      Perhaps I should add “stay at home mum” on the list as it can definitely be like a job with all the work involved! I’m really happy that you’ve found something fulfilling Kristine.

  3. says

    Just found this website. Good stuff. I will send some jobs/careers your way to add to the list. Just a little tidbit too, mortician is no longer referred to as this. I once considered becoming one, and this is how the traditional terms are different; (undertaker is a funeral director, mortician is an embalmer). Just thought it might clarify.

      • says

        My pleasure Aletheia. Yes, you’re correct, embalming is one of the loneliest jobs. I’ve seen it firsthand (even though it’s against the law for the general public to view embalming), funeral arts runs throughout my distant family, & I’ve had the privilege to witness two embalmings. Of the funeral industry jobs available, embalmers have less contact with the public than do their senior counterparts, funeral directors. Another job that you would add to the list is (medical examiner, coroner, and mortuary attendant). The differences between an “M.E.” and a “coroner” is that a medical examiner must be a licensed medical doctor or doctor of osteopath in order to practice, whereas a coroner much of the time is like that of a sheriff, they can be elected or appointed. One does not necessarily need to be a doctor however. Many funeral directors obtain the position of coroner prior to opening their own funeral homes or mortuaries. Just another tidbit too, the difference between a funeral home and a mortuary is (funeral homes do not have an on-site crematorium, whereas mortuaries do).

  4. Diamond says

    I currently work as a Security Officer. I recently went to school for private Investigation but cant do that due to me having a red car and not having the money for a paint job. These two careers are great for introverts but they can be very boring at times and emotionally unfulfilling. I am naturally introverted but I enjoy jobs that involve marketing from home. The problem is the it is not enough money because I am new and I am still learning. Due to my financial debt, I am force to look for a second job and the only thing that will work around my main job is a retail position. I am still not sure what career I really want to do and im 29. If anyone have any suggestions, I would appreciate it.

    • says

      Thanks for recommending Security, Diamond. I knew someone who used to work in security and they said, depending on the type of job, you can relax and read a book (or something else leisurely), which does sound ideal. At this time I don’t have any recommendations, but I hope the list in this article can inspire you.

  5. Tam says

    I earned my Cosmetology License in early 2012. (Not at all a job for introverts lol) but growing up, its how i made money. I like making people beautiful. I’m not a people person and i’m the most socially awkward person you’ll ever meet. I can be social here and there but I mostly always want to be alone. I’ve worked at a few salons and never have problems with coworkers, but most days its a pain to get through the day. I’d rather get it done and go home you know? No pointless interaction. Its hard to find a job where you don’t have to be bothered too much. I’m not a lazy person at all. Working makes me feel good while being idle will drive me mad. Its good to know there are lots of people like me :)

    • says

      I’d rather be at home than working – but I’m never idle in my time alone, ever. :) It’s a pity that most beauty-centred jobs are social, but there’s nothing stopping you from branching out and exploring a new avenue of passion.

  6. shelby says

    I worked for a Hallmark store for 12 years; not exactly a job for an introvert. I’ve always felt uncomfortable around a lot of people, and even worked in a factory for 13 years, sitting at a machine all day. I chose the retail job, because I liked shopping there, and thought it would work for me. I think forcing myself to interact with people all day pulled me out of my shell, but then I always felt exhausted by the end of the day. I lot of people i worked with, mostly extroverts, wouldn’t understand that, since they seemed to love being the center of attention. I am currently unemployed, not by choice, new management pushed me out to save money. I saw the list of jobs that could work for an introvert, but they aren’t choices that are an option for me. I have a really strong work ethic, but I’m having a hard time finding any job right now. A lot of jobs require going back to school, or having a year’s experience in a certain field. I feel lost right now, if only I can be paid to read books at home all day, or watch birds outside my window. I know pretty lame, I hope I’m not going back into my shell.

    • says

      Don’t worry Shelby, I’ve had that dream as well to get paid to read, or sit quietly doing what I love all day (most of us have!) It’s a pity that this list can’t assist you in your life context, but my wishes do go out to you in your pursuit for a new job. I finally received one after months of looking and applying. Eventually with persistence you will find one too.

    • Anonymous says

      Have you considered freelance writing? If that’s your niche, you can look into that. It doesn’t require years of expensive schooling or silly hoops to jump through like regular employment does. (That’s what I’m looking into.) It’s perfect for someone who’s not big on hobnobbing and you can set your own schedule. Though, searching for writing jobs isn’t exactly a piece of cake, either. I would prefer this anyway. I’m not giving up, and you shouldn’t either.

  7. latebloomer says

    It’s not money. It’s the “love” of money that is the root of all evil. Which I think means that we loose ourselves in the pursuit of it as a god. I am an employmentally challenged introvert. I am trying to be really honest when I apply for jobs. I will let you know how that goes. (But hopefully not as honest as Jim Carey in “Liar, Liar”.)

    • says

      “Employmentally challenged” sounds like my position at the moment latebloomer. I read somewhere that over 50% of Americans lie on their resumes (and because it’s so hard to get a job these days, I don’t blame them!) Unfortunately honesty is more of a setback than a virtue in the world of employment. Do let us all know how you go!

  8. Me says

    Let me tell you that a web programmer / developer is NOT a job for introverts. It may seem like all you do is sit and code at a computer but the reality is you have to be VERY social. That means team-work, pitching concept ideas to clients, and a lot of consultation/meetings.

    • says

      Sounds like a nightmare. Thank you sharing your experience @Me. I’ve heard a few conflicting opinions and experiences regarding web programming, but all job seekers who come here should definitely keep your experience in mind.